Adventures in Val Chisone and around

Adventures, observations,events and comments on life in an alpine valley in Italy from an English family living next door to the largest fortress in Europe. (Fenestrelle)
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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Catching up

Well not much to say at the moment. We have had some fantastic walks with our guests over the last few days. The weather has been quite mild for this time of the year and the views unseasonally spectacular.

The wildlife spotting has been fantastic and virtually every group has seen a good selection of our local animals. There has been two independent sightings of wolves in the area. They are difficult to spot unless you get up really early in the morning. We know that they drink in the local river because their footprints are there to be seen in the sand.
Our blog has not been updated for a few days mainly due to our old steam powered laptop giving up the ghost. This has meant about 3 days of acquiring and setting up our new one as well as making the most of the good weather.
So far this winter the snow has not arrived in quantity. The tops of our mountains have a small sprinkling but not a great deal. Our main ski resort at Sestriere has just enough snow to open on the 8th of December but we really could do with a good fresh dump in the next few weeks.

The question has to be asked as to whether this is yet anther example of global warming caused by mankind or whether it is just part of the natural fluctuations in nature?
I will leave the answer to you and your conscience, but do you really need your thermostat turned up to 22 degrees when you complain that a "hot" day in the summer is only 20?
If we are to help the earth then we need to be doing something about it NOW! Offsetting you carbon emissions is simply not going to work. Switch of your TVs, computers(only after reading this!) and get out side and enjoy it before it is all too late.
Sorry to get on "my box" but with a little bit of thought we could all make a difference!

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